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Retired Yugoslav Army Chief Pleads Not Guilty to War Crimes

Serbian war crimes suspect General Nebojsa Pavkovic has pleaded not guilty to four counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

General Pavkovic, who surrendered to the United Nations war crimes tribunal Monday, appeared before The Hague court Thursday. The charges include murder, deportation and persecution, while commanding Yugoslav and Serbian troops in operations against Kosovo Albanians in the late 1990s.

The general served as Yugoslav army chief-of-staff for about two years beginning in 2000.

General Pavkovic was among four Serbian generals indicted by the tribunal in 2003 on charges of war crimes in Kosovo. Two others, Generals Vladimir Lazarevic and Sreten Lukic, arrived in The Hague earlier this year. The fourth, General Vlastimir Djordjevic, is believed hiding in Russia.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.